I recently saw that the Jawbone UP2 had had a bit of a makeover, so naturally I wanted to get my hands on it and review it for you! For anyone looking for a subtle activity tracker that looks like you’re actually just wearing a bracelet, this is absolutely perfect!
The box the UP2 comes in has information about the specs and compatibility of the UP2, what it tracks and information about the Jawbone app. Inside the box is the UP2, the charging USB cable and the quick start guide.The UP2, like the other activity trackers I’ve reviewed, syncs wirelessly to an app on your smartphone (apple and android compatible) through Bluetooth smart.
The box says the battery life lasts up to 7 days, and I’ve found mine to last between 6-7 days between charges. It only takes less than an hour to fully charge, and the app tells you how many days’ charge you have left, instead of a percentage, which I actually really liked.
When the UP2 is charging, there are three LED lights that flash orange, white and blue, and when it’s fully charged, only the orange light stays on. When you double tap the UP2, an orange man flashes. I had to look up what this meant, and apparently the blue light is for sleep, the orange one for activity, and white for notifications. I’ve had the white one flash when it vibrates to let me know I’ve hit my target (10,000), though to be honest I don’t really know why the blue one is there – who taps the UP2 when they’re asleep?
The UP2 also monitors your sleep (maybe it glows when you’re sleeping?) – and tells you when your sleep was light, when you were awake and when you’re in “sound sleep”. How these activity trackers know when your sleep is light and deep I have no idea but I think it’s amazing! It also detects when you’ve done an activity (again, I’m not sure how – maybe it detects faster movement?) and you can tell it what you were doing (running, cycling etc) and your effort level.
Onto the review:
- The Specifications – it’s not as high tech as some other activity trackers that do heart rate and GPS, but if you just want an activity tracker for everyday life then it’s perfect.
- Not Waterproof – While the description says the UP2 is “splash proof”, it’s not supposed to be submerged so you can’t swim with it on.
- No Clock – the main con for me is that it doesn’t tell you the time. Obviously it’s designed so you can wear it with a watch so it’s not really a con, but like I said – I’m a scatter brain!
1. The Design – I really love the look of it! Everything from the front to the band to the clasp has been thought of and designed so beautifully.
2. Easy to Use – one of the easiest, there are no fiddly buttons or complex gestures to be made here. Everything you want to know is on the home page when you open up the app, and if you don’t know how to use an app then I’m not sure you should have a smartphone!
3. Battery Life – 7 days of battery life is pretty damn good! Yes, it’ll need charging every 7 days, but as it only takes less than an hour to charge, you won’t be waiting long before it’s back where it belongs.
4. Idle Alerts – you can set it so it will alert you if you stay still for 15mins/ 30mins/ an hour. While this isn’t for everyone (you can turn it off), I think it’s a great little reminder to have once in a while, especially if you’re at a desk job.
5. Sleep Tracking and Silent Alarm – like I mentioned above, the UP2 tracks your sleep. You can also set silent alarms so it’ll wake you up with a gentle vibration – a bit weird at first, but you definitely get used to it!
6. “Splash Proof” – While you can’t swim with it on, you can still wear the UP2 in the shower, which is a big bonus if you, like me, are forgetful.
All in all, it’s a pretty damn good activity tracker and personally I can’t get over how good it looks! You can wear it with your favourite watch and no one can tell it’s an activity tracker – I’ve been complimented on my “bracelet” so many times since putting it on!
It’s very similar to the Misfit Shine, though if you’re looking for something more waterproof I’d look at that option.
Would I buy an UP2? YES. This is not a sponsored post – I was simply sent one to review, but I do really love it for what it is.